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raging alcoholic and immunity from local laws the controversial demands for u.s. soldiers to remain in afghanistan are wrangled zero but it's a key gathering of tribal elders meanwhile the united states government subsidizing . the taliban and al qaeda network those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers and internal inquiry reveals millions of dollars from american taxpayer as the war pandered to companies financing are going to terror groups. also the e.u.'s plans to launch its own drone program to trigger a major concerns with activists warning they'll be no guarantee the unmanned aircraft will be used for peaceful purposes. and ukraine
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scraps preparations for a trade agreement with the e.u. off today's column and rejects a bill which would allow the expert on minister yulia tymoshenko to have magical treatment abroad. international news live from moscow this is us he was me. hello and welcome to the program. u.s. troops may remain immune to our laws and still be carrying out military operations after the end of their combat mission in twenty fourteen that's what a draft security deals address and they are going president is urging an assembly of the country's elders to support it that's why they're meeting their little trials between him and washington the loya jirgah council has started debating the
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draft guide in the role of american troops in afghanistan after there was draw and according to the freshly agreement up to sixteen thousand u.s. soldiers will stay for ten more years and possibly beyond they will be playing a support role for good forces while still being able to carry out military operations against al qaeda and its affiliates which also includes raising are going to homes and exceptional circumstances and issue which has been extremely difficult for afghans and here's another stumbling block the deal gives american forces immunity to afghan law placing them solely under u.s. military jurisdiction and sultanzoy a candidate in the upcoming presidential election says the government is not considering the will of the people i think the afghan president is trying to use this as a personal game the people of afghanistan. and of others who are involved in this country we're tired of or we're tired of bickering and we're also tired of.
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being playing politics with the lives of people of afghanistan on one hand the president wants to portray himself as a patriot on the other hand he's not able to even take care of corruption rule bringing rule of law and good governance that's what the people are suffering from he's trying to distract the people of afghanistan from what he hasn't been able to do to for this country. and earlier reports suggested the u.s. will send a formal letter of apology to afghanistan admitting mistakes in its campaign and putting civilian lives attrit washington denied it saying it has nothing to apologize for despite the recent allegations of mass civilian killings involving american soldiers actually is loose account from the interviewed matthew ake and the journalist who broke the story. the special forces team the green beret eighteen as they're called was deployed to an isolated valley west of kabul where
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the taliban and other insurgent groups have a very heavy presence and what happened was over last winter the locals are complaining that the special forces team and the translators were murdering people torturing them abducting them and disappearing them just extraordinary allegations that at the time were essentially unproven after the special forces team was forced out of the area by the afghan government bodies started showing up outside the base bodies that they said were the bodies of ten men who had been seen rounded up by the americans and then were not able to be found either by the red cross or by the afghan government afterward so i essentially investigated these allegations assembled through the body of testimony from locals from officials. also learned about two confidential u.n. and red cross investigations that corroborated the allegations that suggested that the special forces and their translators were indeed responsible for these men do you think that these incidents that you've been covered and the greater pattern of
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abuses will somehow have a role to play in terms of what kind of position the united states forces will have after twenty four to it's possible that the so-called zero option could take place in afghanistan as well though i think that in this case because there's no oil money to buffer the afghan government they probably realize that it would be a bad idea least for the karzai regime or whatever its successor is to push out. the international forces so what i want to hand the status of the let's see official mission post two thousand and fourteen is still in doubt. the there is no doubt that there is going to be a very active and continuing covert black presence in afghanistan and in the surrounding region led by the central intelligence agency in the joint special operations command pursuing the kind of global war on terror that we see taking place in yemen and somalia in north africa pakistan and many other
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countries meanwhile it's claimed washington has paid more than one hundred fifty million dollars to middle eastern companies which are funding terror groups in afghanistan that's one internal u.s. government report has revealed. can now investigate. the u.s. special inspector general for ghana's stand reconstruction found out that the pentagon has hired forty three companies with suspected ties to terrorist networks the data comes from the pentagon's own classified investigative reports and commerce department list of terror connected companies and now the list of these forty three companies included a road construction firm presumably owned by a leader of the connie network the network was blamed for an attack on the u.s. embassy in kabul that killed sixteen people two years ago the u.s. army has carried out a classified investigation and said there was evidence of a direct role of both the company and its owners in the facilitation and operation
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of the hakani network and that approximately. from one to two million dollars per month close to the network to finance its activities the inspector general said i've seen the information and it made my hair stand on and he said well not just his united states government subsidizing. the taliban al qaeda the haqqani network those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers from these specter general members of congress have heard about billions of dollars simply wasted in of ghana's that now they have evidence suggesting that u.s. taxpayer money goes to finance terrorists or suspected terrorists the same networks that the u.s. is fighting bindings the pentagon has resisted permanently blocking the companies from getting more u.s. contracts because his lawyers say they cannot use the evidence against these companies because the evidence is classified especially specter general for
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afghanistan reconstruction pointed out what he called the absurdity of it he said we can probably attack them via grown on monday and will issue them a contract on tuesday in washington i'm going to check on r.t.e. . and coming up later this hour first steps to freedom some of the bailed greenpeace activists are reunited with their loved ones while the destiny of the rest of the successor gang still hangs in the balance our special report on the oil platforms storm in case mistress to head. ukraine has decided to hold preparations for a trade agreement with the e.u. it comes after the country's parliament rejected a bill which would have allowed the jailed former prime minister yulia timoshenko to receive medical treatment abroad. more now on the tricky relations between kiev and brussels hopes of ukraine just sign the association deal with a beauty union are now fading it's not as confident as it used to be the main
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conditions said by brussels that is letting the former prime minister walk free from prison or at least be sent for medical treatment to germany she is suffering from severe back problems has not fully been fulfilled yet today parliament again failed to pass a new. to go to germany for treatment and have been certain deadlines already there's still some time remaining until next week's summit in vilnius where the fate of the association agreement will be decided so the ukrainian parliamentarian still have time to pass these bills although there's a very very large skepticism whether they would actually be able to but whether or not this association deal will be signed or not it would not be relevant to the gas deals and gas agreements that ukraine already has with several european and american oil and gas companies like chevron exxon mobil and royal dutch shell in fact it was already let them into their market i remember some time ago the ukrainian energy minister telling me that the amount of natural shale gas which
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ukraine possesses and we're talking here potentially the biggest amount of shale gas in the whole of europe with that would not only solve its domestic gas supply problem but also make it make the country into an exporter in the region the government just so keen on pushing this extraction of shale gas that it's been to a large extent neglecting the war in calls from the countries to call the juice i've been saying that fracking using fracking in the east of ukraine in highly populated areas would cause ecological catastrophe exploding. at the depth of one kilometer may cause poisoning of ground waters and this would make areas large areas in the east completely uninhabitable but in any case experts say that even if ukraine starts producing extracting shale gas from from its soil this would not happen until the year twenty twenty. and let's not take a close look at the method involves breaking up broke at least one kilometer below
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ground apart and say they could be grave environmental consequences warning the use of explosives and chemicals contaminates water supplies and pollutes the ground and ad but abacus of the techniques say it will help to solve the energy crisis and create more jobs you members on deeply divided on the show while i mention china it's a pushing for widespread exploration. has been following the resistance of europeans to fracking in that country. a number of european countries have had large scale anti fracking protests take place recently as sort of the prospect of more drilling has been rolled out across europe but one of the largest anti fracking stories to take place over recent months happened in a mania where locals actually formed a human chain around an area where u.s. oil giant chevron was given the green light by the remaining in government to begin exploratory drilling now i traveled there to cover this story and i spoke to
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a lot of the locals there and they are all most of them farmers they live off the fat of the land and for them they were genuinely frightened by the prospect of their groundwater being contaminated their food not being safe to eat they were talking to me about having to safeguard the health for their children as they see it as government siding with large corporations and not protecting the interests of their citizens who are talking about genuine risks that they see from this technology fracking has been associated with air pollution water contamination water depletion earthquakes and of course climate change oil and gas companies have spent billions of dollars really selling a story about how fracking is safe and the reality is quite different i think that's something that anti fracking campaign isn't protesters in the us and
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in europe are no doubt reassured by is that large scale protests and citizens' opposition to this technology really does work for example france has just held a ban against fracking because of the environmental risks involved. maass accidents is bringing christianity in the middle east to the verge of extinction the continuing blanchard in countries like syria is causing christians to play the hollands off a sectarian violence that excels on the story coming up in a few minutes. the. economic downturn in the final. days the long.
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and the rest because i was doing the case you believe every week. for the long. term i believe. little. pleasure to have you with us here on our t.v. today i roll researcher. and again this is the welcome back christians in the middle east are facing
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increasing sectarian violence with the civil war in syria and instability in egypt and a rug forcing them to flee their homes the u.k.'s minister for health has called on western governments this week to protect christianity from becoming extinct in the countries where a mass exodus is taking place aussies point to say are now reports. for many christians in the middle east the arab spring has been wintry at best the international society for human life says at one time if we five acts of religious discrimination in the world today a perpetrated and carried out against christians nowhere is this more quickly felt than in the middle east and north africa if you look at syria for example we tend to say of the total population is christian a third of them have already fled from the civil war that started two years ago and that number continues to grow after the murder of father but serious nasa last year in two thousand and twelve the threats and the persecution of christians escalated
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so much so that many today say the night me facing the questions of syria is the same not me but the questions everyone has been living under since the invasion in two thousand and three. a homo i believe it is all systematic and planned foreseen christians to leave in iraq for instance less than two hundred thousand christians remain we do have concerns we do hope we can stick to our land syria which is the cradle of christianity we also hope that the pope and heads of christian denominations shall call for denouncing violence and adopting dialogue in all this to the see the christian town of muna outside of damascus was attacked by rebels tens of soldiers were killed and many residents fled it's still not clear how many of them have not returned to the village and where in syria they have been displaced only i visited the town of homes where
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a syrian sold it took me to the frontline and showed me the damage the rebels had carried out against a local church and the this is the church unfortunately it was not like that before look at this destruction and mass from here the explosions were coming down on people praying of course people started crying out for help from us. priest was right here and they were captured here in the church elsewhere in egypt to the muslim brotherhood supporters have blamed christians for the army's all story of the president mohamed morsi more than eight hundred christian sites were attacked and some fifty two churches razed to the ground while in iraq after the american invasion back in two thousand and three half of the iraqi christian population lived in four other middle eastern countries and american think tank the pew forum says that christians face harassment and oppression in one hundred and thirty nine countries this is nearly three quarters of all the countries on the face of the
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policy on teen television. and as always we'll have plenty more stories for you on our website including the extraordinary sight of a brand new island off the coast of japan and on the sea off the corruption that has created its newest landmass as well as sending towers of ash and smoke billowing into the air a bird's eye view video is just a click away on. one of the world's leading oil producers under fire and it's not drilling activity that sparked public outrage this time head to our web site and find out what the british oil giant will have to pay for harassing and pulling those posting political messages on the company's phrasebook page. is states are on their way to launching their own drone program that's after leading members of the bloc signed an agreement to invest in new unmanned aircraft technology the plans are alarming activists who say it's
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difficult to determine whether the drones would be used only for peaceful purposes all of one has this report. well the group has been dubbed drone club and their intention is to develop a new generation of unmanned aircraft over the next ten years now the reason that they're doing it this is that they believe they're being left behind when it comes to drone technology by countries like the united states and israel currently both britain and france do operate drones they use the american bill to report drone interesting lee enough though germany has said that they are opposed to the use of any kind of weaponized drones and the european defense agency has being quick to point out the non weaponized uses for drone technology however the use of drones particularly by the united states in countries like pakistan and yemen and the widespread civilian casualties that are being caused well that's left drone
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technology as a very emotive issue and here in germany and see war activists on top each about the decision to develop them here are very very concerned i think that the very nice phrasing that they've tried to say that sets for to control human trafficking over that mediterranean airspace and so forth for surveillance purposes i don't see them necessarily helping migrants coming from africa from lampedusa didn't help just to save any of those people so there is no control about these things they can see it being used for humanitarian purposes but actually they could be used for lethal purposes well this comes after a recent u.n. report that was somewhat damning of drone technology in fact referred to them as being a danger to global security and that by using these type of weapons it encouraged more nations to try and acquire them. so overall more greenpeace activists have just been granted bail by
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a court in st petersburg bringing the total number to twenty seven six have already walked free ahead of their trial for hooliganism and the others will do to once that bail money is posted meanwhile russia's president vladimir putin has reiterated his view on this controversial case and she's correspondent he has more . the president has commented on the situation around greenpeace saying that he does think that the goals of greenpeace as an organization are positive but he doesn't agree with the methods that its activists choose nobody on the block. when the platform was being stormed it created an emergency situation this could have led to not one mistake by operators there but multiple mistakes they should not have been distracted from their work not all noble causes can be accomplished by any means but at the same time the state should be lenient with over twenty peace activists have been released on bail the bales around sixty thousand dollars it
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will be returned to them when they come back for the actual trial since all of them are still accused of hooliganism and just to remind you this whole story started in september when these activists which later became known as the arctic thirty approached a russian oil platform in the north and then a smaller group tried climbing onto it all of them were arrested first charged with piracy and then these charges were reduced to the cooler going isn't but still it felt guilty then they could be looking at facing up to seven years behind bars so this is still quite a serious violation quite a serious crime now greenpeace has been denying all the accusations saying this was a peaceful act of protest aimed at protecting the arctic's environment and the four incident has become a stumbling block in the relations between russia and the netherlands as well since the arctic sunrise the vessel which were the activists were on belongs to the
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netherlands and it's now actually suing russia at the international maritime tribunals demanding the release of the ship and its crew meaning the activist as well. and from hospital over this hour hundreds of protesters need to increase my bones and police. responded with tear gas and a bridge full of scuffles broke out on a square in central road where people had gathered to protest against a high speed rail link with france the pilots of the project argue it's a waste of money and would hurt the environment they run it was time to come inside with a meeting between the town and prime minister and french president was in rome to discuss the. suspected american drone strike in northwest pakistan has killed six people police say that manned aircraft fired at least three rockets an islamic seminary killing teachers and students to argue militants were reportedly also among the dead in
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a separate incident two policemen under civilian have been killed by an explosion in the south west of the country after a bomb rigged to a bicycle went off near a group of people it's not his clear who was behind that time. indonesian but under strain and flying is near the embassy in jakarta over reports australia spied on the calls of both the president and his wife were testers demanded an apology over the alleged topic which has seen jakarta suspend military and diplomatic relations with cumbria there were relations came to light from documents leaked by whistleblower edward snowden causing severe damage to ties between the two key allies and trading partners. in the u.k. new figures have revealed the country's total personal debt has reached an all time high the rising costs of energy and other household bills are pushing people over the edge with many even facing the risk of losing their homes laura smith investigates. here on london's main shopping dry christmas has already
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begun with all the exhausting spending that it entails but millions of households across britain will be entering the festive season already saddled with all manageable debts a new report personal debt has hit one paw. four trillion pounds is the rising cost of living forces people to borrow to make ends meet debts they ultimately wouldn't be able to repay that one point four trillion is an average of fifty four thousand pounds per household that's almost double what it was ten years ago and almost as much as the country's entire economic out that figure includes mortgages secured debts but the report warns that owns secured debt has also tripled in the last twenty years britain's fifty five point six billion pounds on their credit card treble what it was fifteen years ago all that says the report has
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a how ruing effect on people and their relationships. change that chart he sees about half a million people a year in that room so relationships can really kind of pressure pressure on their family life and the stigma associated with that just makes it really hard for people to deal with their problems and they're about to feel the pinch even more despite historically low interest rates britons have failed to pay off as much debt as their american counterparts and when interest rates rises the bank of england has promised they will as unemployment fulls mortgage payments will go up to potentially putting thousands of families out onto the street. and up next the naked truth about the controversial queens of topless protesting statement that.
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in my research i randomly came across a sad statistic according to the montpelier a center for the constitution only twenty eight percent of americans have actually read the constitution although the overwhelming majority claimed that they understood some of it and now we see why the constitution especially the bill of rights are getting whittled away the average person doesn't really know what their sacred covenant with the government actually says which means the government can get away with reinterpreting the agreement to suit their needs and not yours because no one is the wiser but if you think i'm going to say boo where average american how dare you then you are wrong the problem is that any kind of philosophy or ideology or just even asking why seems to be getting out of favor in educational systems all over the western world and beyond i mean shouldn't the average american be taught in school about you know america and like the constitution and capitalism
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how can the society advocate praise or defend values they don't have any idea about please let's get the stuff back into the educational system but i shift my opinion . yes. you can be my best friend. but do you suppose somebody. was almost. like this when you would sing joe somewhere if it was your job
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